7 June, 2012

Answering Googled Questions

“will a house turtle die if let loose”

Yes. Yes it will. Not only will it die, it will first spread diseases to the local reptile and amphibian population that they may not be able to handle, potentially doing severe damage. Plus, it’s likely a red-eared slider or other invasive species that has a terrible tendency to do damage to the entire local ecosystem.

Do not turn your pet turtles loose, people. Find a local reptile rescue and take them the turtle, along with a donation. In a pinch, take the turtle and the tank and supplies down to your local animal shelter, also with a donation. In a really severe pinch, take your turtle to the vet and have it humanely euthanized rather than sentencing it to a slow and unpleasant death by starvation and dehydration, and possibly having an awful impact on the local turtle population.

But really, no house pet should ever be turned loose. Be responsible with your pets, people.

3 January, 2011

Answering Googled Questions

1) how much is a dozen chicks
Twelve, just like a dozen of anything else.

2) pictures of braxton bragg
I have a whole set on Flickr dedicated to just this! Wait, you were looking for pics of the Confederate general of the same name? Can’t help you there. But Brax is an uncommonly handsome cat, don’t you think?

3) how to stop turtles from digging out
You can do a couple things to keep your turtle safely enclosed. One, you can put down 12″ x 12″ pavers around the inside of the turtle enclosure; two, you can bury a barrier up to 12″ deep around the edge of the pen. Which you choose to do depends on the digging ability of your particular turtle, which can vary among individuals in any given species.

3 April, 2010

Update on the latest spare kitty

Yay, she is free of FIV, FeLV, worms of all varieties, and fleas! Yay, she has a home! Boo, she is definitely pregnant, about 2/3rds of the way along. Yay, her new home is willing to take her anyway!

I will admit to large amounts of relief that someone else is willing to take on the spay/abort or deal with kittens issue. I found myself totally unable to even ask my vet about spaying her while pregnant, startlingly enough. I know it’s the smart thing to do, I know there’s a million anonymous cats out there and we don’t need to be adding more, but when it came time to ask, I just couldn’t open my mouth and say the words.

On the other hand, because my vets are totally fabulous, Dr. Andi had already written “we can get her in and spay her before her distemper booster if you want” in her case notes. The price of a good vet is more than rubies, seriously, and I’ve been lucky to stumble onto a practice with two of them: Tidewater Trail Animal Hospital, owned by the Doctors Lindamood, Greg and Andi. If you’re in the vicinity of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and need a vet, hie thyself straight to their door and tell them I sent you. There’s a link right over there in the sidebar to their site, in case you lose this post. Ahem.

At any rate. I just couldn’t ask about aborting the kittens. I know all the reasons they should be aborted, but it was just like when the vet tech asked me that morning what I wanted to do with the kitty if she turned out to be FIV or FeLV positive, and I blurted out “Keep her alive, of course, I’ll find a way to deal with it.” And if she’d turned out to be positive, I would have, even though that would have meant pimping her heavily to find her an only-cat home, a task which can be quite difficult.

But I couldn’t tell them to put her down categorically, just like I couldn’t ask about aborting the kitten(s). These are little lives I’m snatching from the chaos, each individual kitty placed in an indoor home one who isn’t going to live the short, brutal life of the feral cat. It’s like the turtles I move off the road[1], on a slightly larger and hairier scale.

[1] I DREAD THE COMING OF THE MONTH OF MAY, WHICH IS WHEN THE TURTLES START THROWING THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF MY CAR. SUMMER BEFORE LAST THERE WAS A PERIOD IN WHICH EVERY FREAKIN TIME I LEFT THE HOUSE, I STOPPED FOR AT LEAST ONE TURTLE. ALSO, TURTLES ARE STRIKINGLY UNGRATEFUL CREATURES IN GENERAL, ONLY ONE HAS EVEN POKED HER HEAD OUT TO EYEBALL ME SUSPICIOUSLY, LET ALONE SAID “THANK YOU” FOR THE ASSIST ACROSS THE ROAD.